Rouge Marsh Trail
The Rouge Marsh Trail offers a short hike with stunning views of the largest remaining wetland in the City of Toronto. Connecting with the Waterfront Trail and Pan Am Path at Lake Ontario, the trail provides pedestrian and cycling connections with Toronto and Pickering. Parks Canada’s guided walks meet next to the Rouge River pedestrian bridge in the lower parking lot. If the lower parking lot is closed, meet at the corner of Rouge Hills Drive and Lawrence Avenue East at the upper parking lot.
Water – Enjoy stunning, panoramic views of Lake Ontario and the Rouge River from the pedestrian bridge that traverses the river.
Urban biodiversity – Observe elegant barn swallows and their unique blue and cinnamon-red colours flying above the boardwalk. Hundreds of cliff swallow nests can also be seen underneath the Rouge River pedestrian bridge.
Wetlands – A rich diversity of wetland and shoreline plants dot the largest remaining marsh and wetland in the City of Toronto.
Paddling – The area provides opportunities to canoe, kayak or paddleboard on the river and in the marsh.
Cycling and walking – The area acts as an access point to the Waterfront Trail and Pan Am Path, connecting the east-side of Toronto and west-side of Pickering with the park.
Swimming – The beach is open seasonally and is monitored for water quality by Toronto Public Health daily from June to August. Lifeguards are on duty from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from mid-May to Labour Day.
Distance round trip
15 to 30 minutes
Pets are welcome in the park, but we want them, and park wildlife to be safe. Our domestic animals can be exposed to dangers from wildlife and the elements just like we can, and they may also pose a danger to the park’s protected wildlife, farmland and cultural heritage. For the safety of your pet and to help protect the park, please observe the following rules:
Leash up – For the safety of your pet and others, all pets must be under physical control whenever you are visiting the park.
Stoop and scoop – Pet waste can have adverse effects on park wildlife, farmland and cultural heritage. Please clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in proper garbage receptacles.
Be mindful – We want everyone to feel safe and respected while they visit Rouge National Urban Park. Other visitors and local wildlife may not feel comfortable around your pet. Please keep your domestic animals away from other visitors and wildlife you may encounter in the park.
Entry is free.
Open May to Labour Day
Corner of Lawrence Avenue East and 195 Rouge Hills Drive